DETROIT (WWJ) – “This shouldn’t have happened walking down a street,” says the sister of a man mutilated by dogs last year.
Kathy Hauley says her brother, 50-year old Steve Constantine, was trying to feed the dogs that turned on him in October.
“He described being dragged down by a pack of wild animals knowing that he was being eaten alive and praying to God, ‘help me, please, help me,'” describes Hauley.
“That’s a lie, flat out lie,” counters Galvin Felton the brother of the owner of the dogs who attacked Constantine .
Constantine lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear in the attack.
Police killed one dog at the scene and rounded up at least 11 others.
The 61-year-old owner of the dogs, Derrick Felton, was arrested on an unrelated warrant after the attack, but was released a few days later and given misdemeanor citations. Police initially said it appeared there was no malicious intent on behalf of the dogs’ owner.
Felton says it was Constantine at fault — entering his brother’s home on Pennsylvania street in Detroit without permission. And the consequences are his own. “I’m sad that it happened but it happened – he brung it on himself.”
Constantine continues to recover after nearly being mauled to death last fall by a pack of dogs — was awarded a $100 million settlement Tuesday in a civil suit. It’s an award his family admits he will likely never see.
Felton has disputed details of the case, including the number and breed of dogs involved – he also faces criminal charges related to the attack.
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